Walt Longmire is a character featured in the Walt Longmire novels series by Craig Johnson. The Cold Dish was the first novel in the series released in 2004. His novels cater to the genre crime, mystery, detective, and fiction.
Order of Walt Longmire Mysteries
|1||The Cold Dish||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Death Without Company||2006||Description / Buy|
|3||Kindness Goes Unpunished||2007||Description / Buy|
|4||Another Man's Moccasins||2008||Description / Buy|
|5||The Dark Horse||2009||Description / Buy|
|6||Junkyard Dogs||2010||Description / Buy|
|7||Hell Is Empty||2011||Description / Buy|
|8||As the Crow Flies||2012||Description / Buy|
|9||Divorce Horse||2012||Description / Buy|
|10||A Serpent's Tooth||2013||Description / Buy|
|11||Spirit of Steamboat||2013||Description / Buy|
|12||Any Other Name||2014||Description / Buy|
|13||Dry Bones||2015||Description / Buy|
|14||An Obvious Fact||2016||Description / Buy|
|15||The Western Star||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Walt Longmire Short Stories
|1||Christmas in Absaroka County||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Messenger||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||The Highwayman||2016||Description / Buy|
The character Walt Longmire is a native of Durant, Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Southern California and was then drafted in the Marine Corps. He received many notable gallantries in the Marine Corps and then returned to his native town. He was elected as the Sheriff of Absaroka County Sheriff in November 1998. Walt is a widower and his wife of 25 years, Martha died of cancer. He has a daughter named Cady who is an attorney in Philadelphia and Walt’s closest friend is called Henry Standing Bear.
The book “Cold Dish” mentions that Longmire has served as a sheriff for 24 years and plans to contest a reelection. The plot revolves around the death of a local boy who is found dead in the mountains of Wyoming. The dead boy and three others were accused of raping a Cheyenne girl. They were later released as found not guilty. Another boy among them is killed. The Sheriff Longmire steps in to investigate the case and safeguard the remaining two boys.
Walt Longmire Awards:
Several of the books in the Walt Longmire series have earned the New York Bestseller title. These include As the crow flies, Hell in Empty, Wait for Signs, A Serpent’s Tooth, the Johnson’s collection-of short stories and Any Other Name. The Dark Horse received the Publisher’s weekly award in 2009. This book along with the Cold Dish was the finalist for Dily’s awards. The Wyoming-Historical Association award for the ‘Book of the Year’ was awarded to Death Without Company.
Another Man’s Moccasins has received acclaimed awards from The (WW)Western Writers-of America and The Mountain and Plain association. Hell is Empty was awarded by the Library Journal and the Spirit of-Steamboat was introduced in 63 libraries and acclaimed by the State-Library of Wyoming. The Walt Longmire series books have earned awards from the Left Coast Crime. An excellent crime novel, As the crow flies has received the Rocky award. The Junkyards dog was a gripping mystery novel that won the Watson-Award.
Walt Longmire Books Into Movies/TV:
The TV series Longmire debuted on A&E in 2012 and was immediately well received. Starring Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, the show has been a hit and ran for three seasons on A&E. The show was then moved to Netflix for the fourth season which turned out to be so well received that it was renewed for a fifth season and then a sixth. It is unknown how long the series plans to run, but there is certainly plenty of material with all of Craig Johnson’s books.
The show has garnered a lot of praise for its cast as well. Taylor has been beloved, but supporting characters like Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff as Vic Moretti often steal the show. Cassidy Freeman as Cady Longmire, Walt’s daughter, has often been praised as well.
Critics have been mostly favorable to the show with an 8.5 for season four on Rotten Tomatoes. The show is best described by Alan Sepinwall as being “unlike every other cop show on television.”
Best Walt Longmire Books:
Kindness Goes Unpunished: This is an incredible work in the Walt Longmire series, published as book-3 in the series. This story is about Walt’s mission of discovering his daughter Cady’s brutal attackers. This story is set in a big city. Cady’s boyfriend, the prime suspect, dies suspiciously. He goes to Philadelphia to investigate the assault and discovers his daughter’s association with Salvadoran narcotics smuggling operation. Victoria Moretti, a deputy, and Walt’s friend Henry, help him in the solving the mystery.
Another Man’s Moccasins: This was the fourth book of the Walt Longmire series. A Vietnamese girl is found dead on the Wyoming highway. A homeless Indian and Vietnamese vet is found near the crime scene. He has a purse which carries the dead girl’s photograph. Longmire tries to establish a link between the two cases and carries the investigations further. Longmire had previously carried out expeditions in the Vietnamese jungles as a marine cop. His old foes surface to thwart his efforts in solving the case.
Other book series you may like:
Readers who like the Walt Longmire series also like to read books by Mike Omer of the “Glenmore Mystery” series. The book named Spider web: A Police Procedural is an interesting book in the series. This compelling crime series keeps the viewers gripped and Omer adds humor to his writing effortlessly.
The “Joe Dillard” Series by Scott Pratt will also make an interesting read for people who like Walt Longmire books. The plots are twisted and the stories narrate the experiences of the criminal lawyer Joe Dillard with the criminals and the Tennessee Law system.